Recent Happenings at Solas Bhride

Pilgrim Groups

Solas Bhride continues to welcome many pilgrim groups  both National and International. We were delighted to welcome groups from USA, Canada, Norway, Germany, Holland, Portugal, England, Italy, Australia and Brazil to name but a few.  A growing trend this year is the number of parish groups who visited the Centre.
Solas Bhride was privileged to host the delegates of the Brigidine Sisters International Forum for a day’s reflection during their meeting in Ireland in May.

Birgitta Sisters from Losje Kildare, Norway arriving at Solas Bhride

Birgitta Sisters from Losje Kildare, Norway arriving at Solas Bhride

Brigidine Sisters: Mary Minehan, Solas Bhride, Pat Dimick, Melbourne, Maree Marsh, Sydney, Doris Teste, Melbourne, Theresa Kilmurray, Dublin

Brigidine Sisters: Mary Minehan, Solas Bhride, Pat Dimick, Melbourne, Maree Marsh, Sydney, Doris Teste, Melbourne, Theresa Kilmurray, Dublin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Youth Day
Kildare and Leighlin’s Youth Ministry Team led a youth diocesan pilgrimage to the  International World Youth Day, Krakow 2016 – 24th – 31st July.

The young people had been making preparations in their parishes and held their final preparation meetings at Solas Bhride.

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board – Community Education Service “Remembrance and Rebellion 2016 Project

People from all across Co. Kildare flocked to the beautiful surroundings of Solas Bhride in Kildare town for the 2016 Adult Learner Festival. The night featured an enchanting exhibition and celebration of the ‘Remembrance and Rebellion 20community-ed-services16 Project’ involving 8 Community Education projects from across Co. Kildare supported by Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board. ‘Remembrance and Rebellion’ was part of AONTAS Adult Learners Festival, and was organised by The Community Education Service-Kildare.

Photograph:  Conor O’Leary, tutor, and Fiona O’Keeffe, KWETB, Sr Mary Minehan, Solas Bhride, Susan Cullinane and Lisa Hopkins. Photo: Tony Keane

Celebrating Earth Day

World Earth Day

Earth Day is held each year on April 22nd.  It is a day when people are asked to perform an act of kindness towards the earth.  Earth Day’s Global 2016 theme was “Trees for the Earth”. Over the next five years it is the hope of Earth Day organisers that over 7.8 billion trees will be planted around the world.  At Solas Bhride we planted a numprocessing-to-gardenber of oak trees during the year.  This year to mark Earth Day we decided to plant a wildflower garden.
paddy-gleesonCharles Darwin described the sudden origin of flowering plants, which emerged about 130 million years ago, as an abominable mystery. Dr. Mary O’Connor spoke on the interconnection between pollinators – bees, insects, butterflies and so many other species – and wildflowers.  She stressed the necessity of maintaining suitable habitats for wildflowers and the creatures that live off them.  The human community could not remain in existence without the pollinators. Paddy Gleeson, B.Arg.Sc was on hand to answer any questions about plants.planting-the-wildflowers

Dermot Lawlor, Garden of Eden Landscape, Athy gave input on preparing the soil for a wildflower garden.

Then it was time for planting and blessing the seeds.
Each of us can change our little corner of the planet by simply planting a seed!!